Isaiah 47

Chapter 47

Babylon and Chaldea will be destroyed for their iniquities—No one will save them.

1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of aBabylon, sit on the ground: there is no bthrone, O cdaughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.

2 aTake the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, bpass over the rivers.

3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and aI will not meet thee as a man.

4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.

5 Sit thou silent, and aget thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and agiven them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

7 And thou saidst, I shall be aa lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter bend of it.

8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a awidow, neither shall I know the bloss of children:

9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee ain their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None aseeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and amischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and bdesolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the aastrologers, the stargazers, the bmonthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

14 Behold, they shall be as astubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.

      • Ps. 137:8.

      • IE Babylon was to be overthrown; this prophecy was fulfilled by Cyrus, 539 B.C.

      • HEB virgin daughter; i.e., the heretofore unconquered Babylonian empire.

      • IE Prepare to become slaves.

      • IE on the way to exile.

      • IE I will not negotiate or compromise in this matter.

      • IE You are going into exile.

      • IE Israel’s Babylonian captivity is predicted.

      • Lam. 1:1.

      • IE Babylon will be depopulated and its king will be destroyed.

      • OR in full measure.